In probably one of the greatest Wild Card Playoff games in NFL sports archives history, on January 8, 2000, the Tennessee Titans pulled out a squeaker over the Buffalo Bills by executing a kickoff return play, flawlessly, in the closing 16 seconds to win in front of their hometown “Music City” fans!
The Bills had come back from a 12-0 deficit and took the lead 13-12. The Titans regained the lead 15-13 with 1:48 remaining in the game. Once again, the Bills drove down field and took back the lead, 16-15 on a 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds left.
This set the stage for what is called the “Music City Miracle”. The ensuing kickoff was received by Titans’ Lorenzo Neal who handed the ball off to tight end Frank Wycheck. Wycheck began running to his right, stopped, looked left and controversially threw a lateral of the ball to wide receiver Kevin Dyson. Dyson didn’t look back and needed only to beat the kicker in order to secure the victory, 22-16, for the Titans!
The play was practiced and named the “Home Run Throwback” by the Titans, but it made sports history as the “Music City Miracle”!